Guest Post: Corona is rated ‘E’ for everyone

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Back in the day, the Ansca Mobile company motto was that we enabled anyone (not just seasoned engineers) to develop mobile apps.

Over the last couple years, we’ve heard countless success stories from the Corona Community attesting to that. And the story of Tyler Poon below is yet another great one…

Tyler Poon, 'Balloons and Bombs'

My name is Tyler Poon. I am 9 years old, and I created a game using Corona SDK.

I got my first taste of programming at age 7 when I started to read a book called Visual Basic Express for Kids. I also learned from doing online tutorials on a website called Code Academy. I then started watching YouTube tutorials and played around on a test program.

Corona is a tool I like because it’s powerful, simple and fun. Most things that kids are able to program in are building block-like things which don’t give you a ton of power. However, Corona is easy to use and powerful, which makes it more fun. Everyone who has an interest and a little bit of programming ability can make a game. Corona is also a tool for the 21st century because it can be used to make apps for smartphones and tablets, which are new. Actually, if you want your game on both tablets and smartphones it can automatically do it for you.

The game I made is called Balloons and Bombs. It was fun to make and got over 1,000 downloads in its first couple weeks. I don’t know 1,000 people, so not all of those downloads are from my family and friends.

The process I took to make Balloons and Bombs was to code, test, fix, enhance, and repeat. In the coding stage, I developed the main game and made the title screen. One thing I did not create was the graphics, but I chose some from a graphics website. After coding the main game, I asked my family and friends to test the game so they could help me find bugs and give me suggestions. In the fixing stage, I would fix the bugs they found. In the enhancing stage, I executed the suggestions. Finally, in the repeating stage, I would repeat the process.

It was awesome that I had fun and made the coding on my own. I really wish I could have made graphics, so I might make a new game with my own graphics next.

The most fun part about Corona is messing around with all the API’s on a test program to learn new things. When I have nothing to do, I would mess around on the test program and see if I can make a new discovery.

It’s pretty cool how Ansca asked me to write a blogpost about this. One added bonus from my experience is that my friends are interested too. Since Corona is easy enough for kids to use, I’m going to teach my friends how to do it so they can teach their friends — and then a lot of kids will know Corona. Another strange bonus is that I inspired my dad to make a game with Corona, even when he usually programs apps in Java and C.

I think Corona is a tool that kids will like to use and will make great apps with!

If you want to try to beat my high score of 308, go get the game on iOS and Android.

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This entry has 17 replies

  1. Torrey says:

    Really cool!

  2. Tyler says:


  3. Mells says:

    Great job Tyler, I wish you a lot of success for your game and the years coming.

  4. Carlos Icaza says:

    Congrats and looking forward to more games from you.


  5. I played you game a few months back. I really liked it! Keep up the good work!

  6. Mark Polenta says:

    Amazing. Time for me to learn corona now! Thanks for the post.

  7. Ziao says:

    If you make this when you’re 9 years old, I can’t wait what you’ll be able to produce when you’re a little older:D

    Great work 😉

  8. pdichone says:

    GOOD WORK! That’s wonderful that you found Corona SDK and are inspired by it to make great games. I so glad to see younger people such yourself interested in programming and making applications. That’s a great skill to have especially knowing that the mobile devices are here to stay. Anyway, CONGRATULATIONS, and keep up the good work!


  9. dingo says:

    Cool stuff Tyler! Congrats and keep it going!

  10. Scott says:

    Hey Tyler! You should totally join my Corona SDK student developer group on Facebook!

  11. Tyler says:

    @Scott I can’t because I can’t get an account on facebook, but when I get older I might.

  12. Dave Haynes says:

    lol – that’s funny. Not even old enough to facebook, yet writing games for mobile devices. Good job, Tyler!

  13. Steven Baul says:

    Fun game, Tyler. How did you learn the Corona SDK? Did you take a class, read a book, or did someone teach you? Great job.

  14. Tyler says:

    @Steven Baul
    I learned by watching youtube videos.

  15. Evan says:

    Nice. I am about your age and I want to make games & software. I too am working on code academy. good job and good luck!

  16. Jessica Lura says:

    Great Job, Tyler! So impressed with all your work.

  17. John Phelps says:

    Way to go Tyler & thanks for taking the time to write it up for us!